Monday, November 14, 2011
THANK YOU to the Central Lions Club for sharing the proceeds of their Bill Smith Golf Outing with four blind services, including NEIRRS. We received $3,250 from the Central Lions and were blown away by the tremendous work the Lions do for our community. We were also able to honor one of our awesome volunteers at the recognition dinner, also provided by the Lions. This year's celebrated volunteer was Jon Broderick. Jon reads short stories for half the year and Discover Magazine the other half. He also volunteers at St. Patrick's Church doing good deed in the community (including visiting a visually impaired listener), and at the Franciscan Center unloading trucks for the food pantry, and at Lawton Park Greenhouse (which is his favorite activity), where he plants seedlings, separate bulbs and plants, and helps prepare for the annual Mother's Day sale. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that Jon teaches driver's education! I know what you're thinking. He deserves a lot of praise! That's why we were so happy to shine a little light on one of our very favorite volunteers.
And now it's November, election month. Readers have already reported the winners to our listening audience. We've also recorded two radio theater performances and Chad is busy editing them so we'll be able to air "Our Miss Brooks" over the Thanksgiving break and Archie's "Christmas Shopping" will be aired over Christmas. We're betting our listeners will enjoy these performances as much as we did in their making. There are more shows planned for the first quarter of 2012.
What else is going on at NEIRRS? Well, volunteers are updating their contact and availability information for us. If you lost your form, just call and we can email another one. Be sure to include an emergency contact and phone number.
Volunteers are busy with readings, as always, but they are also busy with audio production and helping in the office. One group is helping with our end of year donation request by preparing the mailing. Another group of volunteers is working with staff to check in a new shipment of radios. We were able to add over 1000 listeners in the past year, but our stock of radios was depleted. Still others are helping to produce audio segments for special projects.
With all this activity, it should be obvious that this Thanksgiving, we are especially thankful for our volunteers, listeners, and donors. We hope each and every one of you has a great holiday season!